Venice Walking Tour – Traditions, Myths & Lifestyle
An authentic Venice walking tour with a local guide (small group)
Come with Walkabout Tours on our classic Venice Walking Tour. Let us take you on an interesting walk of discovery through the most mysterious and unknown places of Venice. A true Venetian certified guide will lead you in this fascinating Venice tour, which lasts 2-hours 15-mins and covers a wide range of Venice’s most fascinating sights and sounds.
On this Venice tour, you will visit the most authentic Venetian districts: Cannaregio and Santa Croce. Touring Cannaregio, you’ll notice that life is completely different to the rest of Venice; it is quiet and there is a relaxed authentic atmosphere that sits at odds with the likes of San Marco, Castello, and Dorsoduro. Here, there is the Ghetto where the Jewish community still lives to this day, and it is the real-life setting of Shakespeare’s famous play, The Merchant of Venice.
Stop by a jewellery laboratory (vetro a lume) where you will see a local artisan making small glass jewels.
Reach Rialto Bridge — one of the most popular tourist spots of the city — and discover the old trade center, with its numerous local markets, where locals still shop today.
Last but not least on this carefully craft Venice Tour, you will explore the Sestriere Santa Croce where the oldest “mascareri” (creators of Carnival masks) are still working, following traditions dating back centuries. Learning how an artisan Venetian mask is made really is the perfect finale to any Venice walking tour! If you have any questions about this tour, please contact us, otherwise, please find the rest of the tour’s details below.
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In the front of the Chiesa di San Simeon Piccolo (close to the train station)
This building is one of the largest baroque palazzi in Venice, well known for the remarkable frescoed ballroom painted by Tiepolo and location of magnificent masquerades balls in the past.
Meet and follow your certified guide in the discovery of the most authentic neighborhood of Venice, Cannaregio, where locals live and spend their time.
The term ghetto was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were restricted and segregated. Nowadays it is still a center of Jewish life in the city with its synagogues and restaurants. Shakespeare decided in fact to set one of his masterpieces, the history of a Jewish moneylender (The Merchant of Venice) in the city.
Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto
The church, erected by the now-defunct religious order the "Humiliati" in the mid-14th century, held some Tintoretto paintings in its interiors.
Glass Jewels laboratory
Visit a jewelry shop and admire a glass craftsman working on small ovens with 1200 degrees where he makes small glass jewels, from pearls to necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Fondaco dei Tedeschi
The fondaco, a store-house, was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city's German (Tedeschi) merchants. Later a customs house under Napoleon and a post office under Mussolini, it is now a really fancy shopping mall.
One of the most famous tourist attraction of the city, Rialto bridge was, until Accademia Bridge was constructed in 1854, the only place through which one could cross the canal on foot.
The Rialto area is well known also for its famous market, open every day (Sunday closed) and frequented mostly by venetian citizens, a continuous passage of people, boats and carriage of fruits, vegetables and fish.
Mascarer (creators of Carnival masks)
You will also have an insightful view of Santa Croce sestiere (quarter) where the oldest "mascareri" (creators of Carnival masks) are still working following the tradition of centuries ago. You will get the chance to see a master at work.
San Giacomo dell'Orio
The last stop is in front of SAN GIACOMO DELL'ORIO, founded in the 9th century. The area is well known for the local restaurants and the terrible story of Biasio, the butcher of Santa Croce.
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